Thomas N. Little passed away 2:55 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, with his family by his side at home.
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He was born July 25, 1940 to Horace and Thomasine (Elwood) Little in West Frankfort.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Thomasine Little.
Tom was a graduate of Frankfort Community High School class of 1958. He attended Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and then he joined the Army Reserves in 1962 and served for six years.
In 1965, he joined the Illinois State Police where he served District 9, ISP Academy, and District 13 and in 1993 he retired as a vehicle investigation specialist.
Tom loved to serve his community. He was a POC firefighter for WFFD for 22 years, served as Franklin County Deputy Coroner for 20 years, 20-year West Frankfort Lion's Club member, a 32nd Degree Master Mason and recently received his 50-year membership pin.
He was a Fraternal Order of Police member from 1970 to the present and was a member of the First Christian Church.
He served as West Frankfort codes officer from 1996-1999 and was the FCHS hall monitor from 1999-2002. He served on the 911 board from 2002-2006 and served the Frankfort Township Board from 2009-current.
Tom had a love for radios and technology and was known by friends in the amateur radio community as WA9BOT.
He loved his dogs, Gulf Shores, Ala., and going to Busch Stadium to see the Cardinals play.
He is survived by his wife, Judy DeLap-Little; son, Justin (Melissa) DeLap of Columbia, Mo.; daughter, Jessica (Thomas) Rude of Marion; daughter, Shelly Dugan of Pesotum; son, Charley Little of Springfield; grandchildren Michael Thomas DeLap, Joshua DeLap, Jade Dugan, Ethan Dugan, Evan Kirksey, Kiersten Little and Hayden Little; brother-in-law, Gene Forgatch; nieces and nephews Steve Forgatch, Beth Conner, Todd Forgatch, Amy Forgatch-Siefert, and Jay Forgatch.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, in Union Funeral Home – West Frankfort, Illinois with Pastor Jason Ishmael officiating.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at the funeral home. Masonic rites will be conducted by Frankfort Lodge 567 at 7 p.m.
Burial will be in the Tower Heights Cemetery – West Frankfort.
Memorials may be made to West Frankfort Fire Department. Envelopes will be available and accepted at the funeral home.
Online condolences of sympathy may be made at www.unionfh.com .
Union Funeral Home
213 East Oak Street West Frankfurt, IL 62896
Published in Daily American News from Dec. 10 to Dec. 12, 2013